Most of us don’t think twice about it, but chewing — mastication — has implications for our health.
way we chew, for instance, can alter our digestion, teeth and even our
face shape. And new research suggests how often we chew could even
affect our brain power.
Here we reveal what scientists and medics now know about this instinctive act …
THE TRUTH ABOUT CHEWING
all heard the dictum about chewing each mouthful 20 times before
swallowing, but actually how many times we should chew depends on what
we’re eating, says gastroenterologist Dr Nick Read, chief medical
adviser for charity The IBS Network.
Victorians thought you needed to chew food 14 times but we generally
wait until it feels right and then swallow — it’s intuitive.’ He says that because our diet has become softer, thanks to all that processed food, we now don’t need to chew for so long. However,
raw fruit and vegetables, and meat, demand more chewing. If you
don’t, lumps of food will pass through your digestive system and not be
completely absorbed,’ says Dr Read.
On average, we chew 800 to 1,400 times a day.
Source - Daily Mail